The spectacular Karymsky volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's Far East (photo: dpa).

Putin’s return to presidency throws Russia’s privatisation plans into doubt

The return to the Russian presidency of Vladimir Putin led some observers to believe that he might adopt the pro-reform and pro-market stance of his first term in office. But leaked plans for a state-run corporation controlling a huge area of the country demonstrate that he remains an essential statist and threaten the proposed privatisation of banking, transport and oil pipeline monopolies.

PLANS to develop Eastern Siberia and Russia’s Far East appear to have ended any hopes for potential investors that Moscow will launch a wave of privatisations of state corporations.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The plans indicate that the need to develop Eastern Siberia and Russia’s Far East is being taken very seriously, as a last-line of defence against complete Chinese domination
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